Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

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Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane […]


Blogger Bash!

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Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary. […]


A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did […]


Build a Better Blog

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?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social […]


Major Marijuana Meeting in San Francisco

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With legal cannabis expected to account for an economic impact of $10 billion in the United States this year, it was only a matter of time before industry leaders came together for an all-encompassing marijuana meeting to discuss the changing landscape as prohibition is overturned. Bringing together technology specialists, venture capitalists and media, the New West Summit […]


5 Things to Know About Content Marketing

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According to market research company, Forrester Research business leaders “concede that based on how customers behave and buy, content marketing is crucial to their success.” Leaders of the biggest and most successful businesses have spent time researching effective marketing channels and conclude that content marketing is one way to effectively build relationships with potential attendees. Social […]


6 Quick Tips to Innovate Meeting Design

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When working out details for a meeting, planners have plenty of logistics to deal with, including finding sufficient spaces, providing efficient registration procedures and accommodating attendees’ special needs. Planners also try to design spaces that best accommodate their groups, but sometimes don’t realize how important this is to the overall success of meetings. Simply put, […]


7 Ways to Boost Employee Productivity

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Managers often face the challenge of motivating their professional staffs to improve the quality and quantity of their work. Those managers who are able to do so create a much more productive workplace and reap the dividends. SlickText.com came up with seven productivity hacks to help managers, while emphasizing the need to keep in mind […]


5 Tweets From Far-Flung Locations

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Event professionals may send tweets from far-flung locations, but wired.com has tracked the Twitter feeds of scientists tweeting from really remote destinations such as outer space or deep undersea. Since its introduction in 2006, the interactive social media platform Twitter has taken the world by storm. Each second, approximately 6,000 tweets are sent out into […]


UberEvents Serves Attendees with Prepaid Rides

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Uber is working its way deeper into the meetings and events industry. Yesterday the ride-sharing company announced the beta program for UberEvents is moving nationwide—just in time for company holiday parties. UberEvents allows hosts and planners to arrange guest passes that set up rides for attendees to and/or from events. The host sets the amount […]